The CPL points table is now starting to take shape, the Tallawahs have wedged themselves into the top three while Guyana look set to miss out on a run at this years title sitting a mediocre-fifth.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors just recently recorded their first win of the tournament against St Lucia, although it can’t quite be described as a momentum changer given that the Stars have lost all six matches now. There were positive signs though, medium pacer Rayad Emrit claimed his first major scalp of the comp, walking away from the match with bowling figures of 4/35. While no one stood out with the bat, it was an all-round team performance to get the job done with Chadwick Walton, Jason Mohammed and Gajanand Singh all chipping in with thirty-odd runs. Amazon Warriors skipper Martin Guptill has been an interesting one, New Zealand’s most prolific striker has scored 23, 24 & 23 in his three outings for Guyana which can’t be said he’s been disappointing, but it can’t be said he’s been effective either. Having said that, as one of the marque batsman of the franchise he needs to produce something of significance heading into the back-end of the tournament, he must convert his 20+ scores into 40+ scores at a bare minimum after his flat start. Is it a coincidence that both their major signings in the batting department have had slow starts to the tournament? Pakistani young-gun Babar Azam hasn’t been overly impressive either which raises some questions, the 22-year-old hasn’t scored above 21 in four games for Guyana and could almost be seen as a liability at the moment. Sohail Tanvir, one of the most consistent bowlers in last years CPL has also been far from his best, he’s conceded a lot of runs without having a huge impact in the wickets column. The PCB have requested that all Pakistani players in the CPL return to the country by August 22, meaning both Azam and Tanvir will be departing with the Amazon Warriors shortly. Rashid Khan may just be Guyana’s most important bowler now, his stunning display against the Stars where the Afghani took 2/9 off his four overs might be the spark this team needed.
A fourth win here for the Tallawahs could set them up for a great run home leading into the finals. The addition of aggressive top-order wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips looks to have boosted their hitting power significantly, the New Zealander scored a quick-fire 32 in his debut for Jamaica with a decent amount of boundaries to go a long with that knock. The absence of Shakib Al Hasan no-doubt leaves them a reliable bowling option short, but the Tallawahs might benefit from having someone like Phillips in the team who can score quickly against the new ball. Andre McCarthy’s performance at first drop against St Lucia saw him once again become the number one show in town for Jamaica on the night, he set up the match brilliantly and guided the Tallawahs all the way to victory with his unbeaten 61. McCarthy now has two fifties in this years CPL, his first came against the Tridents in match five at Lauderhill. It was a quiet match for both Lendl Simmons and Kumar Sangakkara, contributing just 13 & 17 runs respectively which gives them some added confidence coming into this next match that they’ll be looking to respond in a big way. Jamaica possess a lot of pinch hitters down the order, that will more than likely come in handy if they lose wickets towards the back end of the innings, that also allows their top order batsmen to go a lot harder knowing they have scoring potential in Powell, Foo and Wasim down the order. What may hurt them is the loss of Pakistani duo Mohammad Sami and Imad Wasim who are both coming off brilliant bowling performances, they’re both expected to return home to Pakistan soon requested by the PCB. Not all is lost though, Krishmar Santokie and Kesrick Williams have been brilliant will the ball and should be able to function without the pair, Odean Smith is another who impressed against the top of the table Knight Riders with three wickets.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 15th match | Providence
- Chadwick Walton
- Rashid Khan
- Rayad Emrit
- Martin Guptill
- Jason Mohammed
Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | 15th match | Providence
- Andre McCarthy
- Lendl Simmons
- Kesrick Williams
- Glenn Phillips
- Imad Wasim
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton (wk) 2. Martin Guptill (c) 3. Babar Azam 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Gajanand Singh 6. Roshon Primus 7. Sohail Tanvir 8. Rayad Emrit 9. Keemo Paul/Steven Jacobs 10. Rashid Khan 11. Veerasammy Permaul.
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Glenn Phillips 3. Andre McCarthy 4. Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk) 5. Rovman Powell 6. Jonathan Foo 7. Imad Wasim 8. Garey Mathurin/Krishmar Santokie 9. Odean Smith 10. Mohammad Sami 11. Kesrick Williams.